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Marble statue of Aphrodite, the so-called Venus Genetrix

Adaptation of work attributed to Kallimachos
Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1932
Accession Number:
32.11.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Copy of a Greek bronze statue of the late 5th century B.C. attributed to Kallimachos

This goddess wears a sleeveless, ungirt chiton of thin clinging material that reveals every curve of her body. Her pose—between standing and walking—was developed by the sculptor Polykleitos in the mid-fifth century B.C. She originally lifted one edge of her himation (cloak) with her right hand and probably held an apple in the other.
#1048. Marble statue of Aphrodite, the so-called Venus Genetrix
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Said to have been found in the Tiber River, Rome

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 251, fig. 175, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 251, fig. 175, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 92, 232, pl. 72b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 57, p.39, pl. 49, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, and Kyoto Municipal Museum. 1972. Treasured Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 35, fig. 35, Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2003. Light on Stone: Greek and Roman Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Photographic Essay. p. 98, pls. 26-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 147, pp. 134, 433, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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